Course Credit at the Language Schools

At Middlebury College, credit is defined in terms of units. One unit equals three semester-hours.

Courses in the 8-week session (introductory through advanced, course levels 3100-3400) award four units (12 semester-hours) of undergraduate-level credit.

A full 6-week graduate session is comprised of three graduate courses for a total of three units (9 semester-hours) of credit.

For transfer purposes, the student's home institution determines how many graduate or undergraduate credits will be granted for the summer's work at Middlebury. All credits expire after 10 years.

Transfer of Credit

Following the summer of candidacy and after formal admission to a graduate degree program, candidates for the MA degree may request permission from the coordinator of their school to transfer from another institution a maximum of the equivalent of one full-time summer of study at Middlebury (three units). Final approval will come from the Registrar's Office. Only courses taken after successful completion of the initial summer and formal admission to degree candidacy may be transferred (i.e., courses taken at other institutions before the first summer of study may not be transferred toward a Middlebury graduate degree).

To obtain approval for transfer of credit, students must submit evidence that the courses they wish to transfer earn graduate credit toward an advanced degree at an accredited college or university. The courses must have been taught in Russian in the areas of language analysis and linguistics, culture and civilization, literature, or professional preparation, and they must not duplicate courses already taken for degree credit. Courses in language practice (e.g., conversation and composition courses) may not be transferred.

All units counted toward a degree must have been taken on a graded, not a pass/fail, basis. Only grades of B- and above may be applied toward a Middlebury MA degree. All transfer credit courses must be completed by May 31 of the year of graduation for August degree candidates and by January 10 for March degree candidates. All credits and units expire after ten years, whether earned at Middlebury College or transferred from another institution.


Davis School of Russian

Oliver Carling, Coordinator
P: 802.443.2006

Mailing address
Russian School
Middlebury College
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury, VT 05753